Cooling your business is of primary importance to its success. Customers expect a comfortable environment when they come into your pace of business. To them it shows that you are a good company and that you care about their comfort. For employees, have a comfortable atmosphere makes them get into the right mood for work, helps them to do their work efficiently and tells them that you care about their comfort as well. So having quality air conditioning is a major asset for your business.
Today there are several different types of commercial air conditioners to choose from for your business. All have their benefits and might be perfect for your company. But you need to learn a bit more about the units and their costs and features to decide. With this in mind, here are some facts about today’s commercial air conditioners to help you make the right choice.
Ducted Air Conditioners
A ducted air conditioner has a large compressor and air conditioning unit that sits outside of the business usually on the roof or on the ground where it pulls in ambient air and blows out cool air into a series of ducting that runs throughout the business. Although these units are the most expensive types of air conditioners, they are also very effective at blowing high quality cool air into a space over long periods of time. Ducted air conditioners have a range of features today including remote operation via a smart phone and an ability to diagnose problems the unit might have. If you have a business with a large open area that needs cooling, or offices that need the same type of cooling, ducted air conditioners are right for your company.
Ductless Air Conditioners
Ductless air conditioners are generally best when you have a series of offices or rooms that you plan to cool to different temperatures. These units consist of a wall-mounted indoor unit combined with an outside compressor. Because they blow air directly into the space ductless air conditioners are much more efficient that ducted air conditioners which can lose 20% of their air in the ducting system. These units however are not as powerful as ducted units and to service several units you will have to purchase several units, making their cost much more expensive than purchasing one ducted system. There are however multi=split system ducted air conditioners that utilize one outside compressor unit to service several indoor units. This can create quite a cost savings but there may be a loss of the amount of air coming into each individual room if all of the indoor units are active simultaneously.
Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners
A reverse cycle air conditioner can be either ducted or ductless, and has the ability to both cool and heat your office. These units have heat pumps that can force warm air into your business. They provide a cost savings because you do not have to purchase a separate heating unit and service is less because you only have to service one unit.
New Air Conditioner Features
New quality air conditioning units have smart thermostats allowing you to program in cooling times and temperatures, to remotely control the off , on and heating functions of the unit and that also can diagnose many problems the unit might have. These new units are also much more efficient than older ones. Business owners can expect a new AC unit to be 20% more efficient than a fifteen year old unit and 30% more efficient than one thirty years old. This efficiency means that your monthly electricity bills will be much lower.
There are also in-window air conditioners and portable air conditioners that some businesses might consider. Although on some rare occasions these options might be viable, these air conditioner types tend to be very inefficient, produce lower quality air and require service more often. Unless you are really cash strapped, you should select either a ducted or a ductless system.
Both ducted and ductless air conditioning systems require commercial installation so it is best to use a reputable dealer who has lots of experience installing either type of unit is a business like yours.